Advisory Board Chair Notes | October 2016

As the 2016–2017 academic year moves into full swing, the ISE Advisory Board is delighted by the incredible recognition of the Department’s faculty, students, and alumni, signaling exceptional leadership both on campus and in the engineering community at large.

We applaud Department Head Dr. Paul Cohen and Dr. Stephen Roberts, both recipients of Outstanding Faculty Mentoring Awards from the NC State College of Engineering this spring. Further, our own Dr. Julie Ivy has been promoted to Professor by the University.

This Advisory Board is committed to working with department leadership on a myriad of subjects ranging from student recruitment and curriculum development to industry relationships and research focus, so we were honored when President Obama revealed that NC State and ISE will lead the southeast hub for the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (SMII) earlier this summer. In this role, ISE will contribute to the next generation of manufacturing—working with other universities, national laboratories and companies keen on innovation.

The United States hopes to return to an international manufacturing prominence and continue to create manufacturing jobs, and we are thrilled that NC State ISE will be a leader on this journey.

Efforts to secure the funds required for the Engineering Oval building are in full swing. The NC State Engineering Foundation has raised $20 million in private donations and continues to work toward its goal of $60 million. If you would like to contribute to the efforts, please contact Lora Bremer, executive director of major gifts and campaign planning at 919.513.0983 or

Ed Fitts, BSIE 1961
ISE Advisory Board Chair